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Every Prayer, Every Breath, a Step Toward a Cure
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church and enter the Upper Room – a cozy, loftlike space above the pastors’ offices set apart for prayer. ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

On Scripture: Beaten, Battered, and Burned Before I Am Helped
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 7:01pm | Type: Blog

Not one more person should have be battered or bruised as a result of domestic violence before someone dares to help. Before we dare to help. The images of her burned face are cle ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

Holy Angst: Holding Up a Mirror to Ourselves
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

That is the basic purpose of the study: to step back and see how we measure up as a faith-based sector with regard to the larger social goal of working toward gender parity within all of our organizations and ...

Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: 'Can I Adopt You?'
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Just as she left the world speechless when she addressed the United Nations in July, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education, rendered America's jes ...

Jewish Feminists Say They’d Accept Western Wall Prayer Compromise
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — In a stunning reversal, a feminist Jewish prayer group said it will consider a government proposal to allow a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall — but only after the government agrees to ...

Navy Chaplains to Receive More Training on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Each year, Navy chaplains receive professional development training around a specific issue. Navy chaplain Lt. Cmdr. David Thames, deputy executive assistant to the chief of Navy chaplains, helped coordinate n ...

Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara Wenger Shenk John Howard Yoder's history as an abuser clouds his legacy. JOHN HOWARD YODER, who die ...

Top 10 Most Dangerous States for Women
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Considering a move? Think twice if you are female, single, and headed toward any of the states below. According to data recently released by the Violence Policy Center, these are the states that have the highe ...

Billy Graham’s Grandson: Evangelicals ‘Worse’ Than Catholic Church on Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

The Christian mission field “is a magnet” for sex abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday to a room of journalists. The C ...

"Create in me a green (heart)" tote bag
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Product

When you purchase this stylish tote bag, you not only show your support for stewarding God’s creation, but you directly i ...

Rival to Miss World Will Crown a Pious Muslim Woman
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

After hardline Islamists voiced opposition to the Miss World contest now being staged in Muslim-majority Indonesia, a rival World Muslimah beauty contest exclusively for Muslim women will announce its winner o ...

Wales Admits Women Bishops, Church of England Lags Behind
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

The decision by the Church in Wales to consecrate women bishops means the Church of England — the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion — will be the last in Britain to admit women as bishops. ...

Abused Hindu Goddesses Recall Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

A new public campaign in India uses powerful images of three Hindu goddesses with bruised faces to raise awareness about violence against women. A new public campaign in India use ...

How Long, O Lord?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that sexual and gender-based violence happens only, or even primarily, in the developing world or transitional societies. While particularly graphic stories often bring ...

Combating a Culture of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

When we develop boys into good, godly men they won’t rape and abuse women. And when we raise good, godly women, they invest in the next generation of girls, are less susceptible to exploitation, and won’t infl ...

Shalom and Gender Justice
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

It is only after the fall of humanity — when we decided not to trust God’s ways, when we decided to grab at our own way to peace and gratification — that women were subjected to men. ...

Miley Cyrus’ Contribution to Feminism
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

Not that Miley Cyrus' dance was appropriate, but it tells us more about ourselves when we obsess about the shenanigans of the young woman than the borderline adulterous displays of a much older man. ...

Feminists Call Temporary Western Wall Prayer Platform a ‘Sundeck'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

While the non-Orthodox leaders welcomed the new platform that can accommodate up to 450 worshippers, a group of Jewish feminists called it nothing more than “a sun deck” designed to marginalize anyone who is n ...

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Over
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Somebody has to say it: Our approach isn’t working, and it’s time to rethink “the talk.” It’s time to expand the conversation into territory where many evangelical parents dare not go. ...

The Persistent Stained-Glass Ceiling
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

More than 40 years have passed since Sally Priesand was ordained as the first female rabbi in the U.S. Since then, more than 800 female rabbis — including 647 in the Reform movement — have graduated from sever ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

Refusing to be Forgotten
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang Korean sex slaves—so-called "comfort women"—stand up for respect and justice. TORU HASHI ...

A Lifesaving Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey The Global Fund has a plan to win the fight against the three major diseases of poverty—and it's working. ...

Evangelicals Decry ‘Silence’ on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches. “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

Church of England to Draft New Legislation on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s governing body reaffirmed its commitment to consecrate women bishops with the aim of reaching final approval on an issue that has for so long split the church’s ranks no later than Nove ...

‘How Far Is Too Far?:’ Sexuality and Sexual Violence on Christian Campuses
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

For Christian college administrators, who take seriously the formation not just of mind but of spirit, the reality of campus-based sexual violence is challenging for many to admit. Yet it has serious implicati ...

Infant Mortality — Why Is America in 51st Place?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

Here's the question: why does America have so many preterm babies? After I  blogged about expensive American childcare  earlier this week, my daughter Molly directed me to ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

OMG! Miss Utah Made a Mistake! Let’s All Feel Superior!
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Her answer was painfully incoherent, and as you can tell in the video, the poor girl knew it. There’s a bit of irony in the question that has been missed. Maybe we should be asking, “What does it say about our ...

'From The Beginning:' Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

What about the manipulative behavior that gives rise to the delusion of consent? Was my pastor's not-quite-a-proposition an act of sexual violence? Editor’s Note : ...

AUDIO: A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project. ...

'Here is the Steeple:' Church Leaders Take on Sexual Violence Within Their Walls
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

A movement of lay advocates speaking out against sexual violence is gaining steam in the faith communities. But are similar efforts happening inside church doors? A movement of la ...

Five Questions for Susan Burton
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project Bio: Founder of A New Way of Life ...

On Scripture: Women, Work, and the Word
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad. ...

The Biblical Imperative to Speak Out on Sexual Violence and Keep Our Churches Safe
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

It is because Tamar is named — not hidden — that we can begin to understand that we must not replicate the actions of Amnon, Absalom, and David. We must call each other by name. As followers of the Prince of P ...

Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist: 'Resist These Dark Times'
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Unable to accept unjust suffering than she’d been half her life before, Fahima Vorgetts decided to make it her task to help alleviate the abysmal conditions faced by ordinary Afghans living at or below the pov ...

Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

This is the beautiful side of breaking the silence. And as more advocates plant signposts in the church’s swamp of sexual violence, the muddiest waters are beginning to recede. ...

To Tell the Truth: The Courage to Speak Out Against Respected Men
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

I long for each of us to wrestle with the truth that we are never to blame — no matter how we dress, what we look like, or how much we’ve had to drink. We never, ever deserve to have our bodies treated as obje ...

Bringing Fistula into the Light: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Today marks the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, recently designated so by the U.N. General Assembly. A world where fistula is as rare everywhere as it now is in the developed world is possibl ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Product

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Power of a Personal Pronoun: 5 Suggestions for Gender Inclusivity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

With such small words, I felt included. I felt like I belonged and maybe, just maybe, I too could do systematic theology. Maybe I didn’t need a dumbed-down version just because I was a woman. ...

No Room at the Inn: Women's Facility Loses Battle With Fortune 500 Company
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

It’s a hard truth that, in the real world, Goliath sometimes beats David. It’s a hard truth that, in the real world, Goliath sometimes beats David. In the July issue of  Sojou ...

10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

As a mental health professional, I have observed that many myths of sexual abuse continue to stand in the way of love and healing for survivors of abuse and the community of faith. ...

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

Priests and nuns have quietly banded together to support victims and speak out against protection of sexual predators in the Roman Catholic Church. A group of priests and nuns, ...

Five Questions with Author of 'The Invisible Girls'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Sarah Thebarge is the author of The Invisible Girls, a new memoir from Jericho Books. I was fortunate to get a few minutes to ask her a few questions about her touching, funny, compelling new piece of work. ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...